Top photo: Apartheid era sign, South Africa (photographer, date unknown). Source: Wikipedia
Middle photo: Crescent Theatre, Belzoni, Mississippi Delta, Mississippi (LOC); Marion Post Wolcott, photographer; October 1939. Source: Library of Congress
Bottom photo: Sisseton, South Dakota, 1939. Source: Smithsonian National Museum of American History
"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." ―Martin Luther King, Jr.
“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” ― Nelson Mandela
“Let me be a free man, free to travel, free to stop, free to work, free to trade where I choose, free to choose my own teachers, free to follow the religion of my fathers, free to talk, think and act for myself — and I will obey every law or submit to the penalty.” ― Chief Joseph
In 1816,The Times of London alerted parents about an “indecent foreign dance” called the waltz, which featured “the voluptuous intertwining of the limbs” and “close compressure of the bodies.” This “obscene display” sparked a panic that caused the Times to “warn every parent against exposing his daughter to so fatal a contagion” that previously remained the territory of “prostitutes and adulteresses.” Yes, this was written about the waltz.
As I’ve mentioned earlier on this blog, I’m a part of this organization called ASATA (Alliance of South Asians Taking Action) in the Bay Area. They occasionally send out emails about community events and resources open to South Asians.
They recently sent me an email about how SAADA (South Asian American Digital Archive) is looking new members for its Board of Directors. I didn’t know who they were so I checked out their website and they’re awesome.
Here’s the description listed on their site:
The South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA) is the only independent non-profit organization working to document, preserve and provide access to the rich history of South Asians in the United States. Through our digital archive, outreach and educational programming we examine the importance of the past in shaping the future and ensure that the important stories from our community are preserved for future generations.
I really, really wish I knew about this resource earlier when I was writing papers about the experiences of South Asians in America. People like me know that finding any documentation on desis living in the U.S. is so ridiculously difficult, it’s almost impossible.
If you know anyone who’s interested in being in their Board of Directors, message me and I’ll give you all the info!
spreading the word bc SAADA is brilliant and I had a chance to work with them this year and it was fantastic!